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In the quest for a better suspension set up it is essential to upgrade your factory sway bar. The factory sway bar was designed to work as comfortably and as efficiently as possible. When it comes to motor-sports however one usually wants to improve the functionality and disregards comfort. Before swapping out the Sway Bar one must remove the factory unit and this guide will show you how.

  1. Your first step for this write up is to safely get the vehicle up in the air. Either by a floor jack and jack stands or a lift.
    • Your first step for this write up is to safely get the vehicle up in the air. Either by a floor jack and jack stands or a lift.

  2. Then with a 10 mm Socket or Wrench, start removing the vehicle under trays. Then with a 10 mm Socket or Wrench, start removing the vehicle under trays. Then with a 10 mm Socket or Wrench, start removing the vehicle under trays.
    • Then with a 10 mm Socket or Wrench, start removing the vehicle under trays.

  3. Once under trays are removed, disconnect the end links from the sway bar using a 17mm wrench. If the end links are seized on the sway bar, you can use a mallet to tap on the head of the end link to get it out of the sway bar. CAUTION: Do not use a metal hammer, as you DO NOT want to mushroom the head of the end link.
    • Once under trays are removed, disconnect the end links from the sway bar using a 17mm wrench.

    • If the end links are seized on the sway bar, you can use a mallet to tap on the head of the end link to get it out of the sway bar.

    • CAUTION: Do not use a metal hammer, as you DO NOT want to mushroom the head of the end link.

  4. Next remove the 3 plastic clips securing the splash shield located in the wheel well attached to the sway bar brackets. Here we used the pick in order to remove the plastic clips. If you live in cold weather areas make sure not to break these or order extra clips just in case. Here we used the pick in order to remove the plastic clips. If you live in cold weather areas make sure not to break these or order extra clips just in case.
    • Next remove the 3 plastic clips securing the splash shield located in the wheel well attached to the sway bar brackets.

    • Here we used the pick in order to remove the plastic clips. If you live in cold weather areas make sure not to break these or order extra clips just in case.

  5. Once you have removed the plastic clips securing the splash shields remove the two brackets securing the sway bar to the front sub-frame and the chassis. There should be bolts visible at both the ends of this bracket. There should be bolts visible at both the ends of this bracket.
    • Once you have removed the plastic clips securing the splash shields remove the two brackets securing the sway bar to the front sub-frame and the chassis.

    • There should be bolts visible at both the ends of this bracket.

  6. After the lower most bolts are removed from the Sway Bar supporting brackets, one can easily pull the sway bar assembly out. Once out, you can place the sway bar assembly on the ground. Using a 14 mm socket, remove the top-side bolt found in the pair of brackets securing the u-shaped bracket to the sway bar. Using a 12 mm socket, remove the nut found on the bottom-side of the u-shaped bracket, also securing the sway bar to the Chassis/Sway Bar support bracket
    • After the lower most bolts are removed from the Sway Bar supporting brackets, one can easily pull the sway bar assembly out.

    • Once out, you can place the sway bar assembly on the ground. Using a 14 mm socket, remove the top-side bolt found in the pair of brackets securing the u-shaped bracket to the sway bar.

    • Using a 12 mm socket, remove the nut found on the bottom-side of the u-shaped bracket, also securing the sway bar to the Chassis/Sway Bar support bracket

  7. Once the two bolts and nuts are removed from the support brackets, you will have succeeded in removing the Factory Front Sway Bars on the Subaru BRZ
    • Once the two bolts and nuts are removed from the support brackets, you will have succeeded in removing the Factory Front Sway Bars on the Subaru BRZ

    • The image here shows just how much the bar weighs. You can use this measurement to evaluate future bars you might like to swap in or out. The total weight for the factory bar is 6.10 lbs.

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